An Australian woman and two Cambodian associates were this morning handed one year and six months in prison each for their roles in the recently banned surrogate baby trade.
Judge Sor Linna, reading out the verdict at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, said the Australian, Tammy Davis-Charles, 49, was also fined 4 million riel, or about $1,000, and Samrith Chakrya, 35, and Pech Rithy, 28, 2 million riel each, or about $500.
From left to right : Samrith Chakrya; Tammy Davis Charles; Pech Rithy. (Fresh News)The trio had been charged with falsifying documents and acting as intermediaries between adoptive parents and pregnant women.
They were arrested in November, just weeks after the government put a ban on surrogacy.
Exiting the courtroom this morning, Ms. Davis-Charles declined to comment before walking into her holding cell, where she put on sunglasses and could be seen crying and trying to shield her face.
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